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DCSS Class of 2015 ACT Scores Released

ACT (American College Testing) scores were released yesterday (August 26, 2015) showing Georgia leading the Southern states by outperforming Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina and Texas. Georgia’s ACT ranked 30th in 2014 and moved to 28th in 2015. Douglas County showed a two-tenths point (.2) increase in the composite score resulting in an overall composite score of 19.5. This is the second consecutive year the composite score increased for Douglas County School System students.

Scores for the DCSS Class of 2015 compared to the class of 2014 showed an increase in three areas as follows:

  • English: up from 18.5 to 18.9 with 2 years of consecutive growth.
  • Reading: up from 20 to 20.4 with 2 years of consecutive growth.
  • Science: up from 19.4 to 19.5 with 2 years of consecutive growth.
  • Math: showed a slight decrease from 18.8 to 18.7.

“We continue to be encouraged by the increasing number of students who voluntarily take the ACT, but we are even more pleased with the 2 years of consecutive growth for the students of Douglas County,” said Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz. “We will continue to challenge our students to better prepare them for college or the workplace.”

According to Chief Academic Officer Pam Nail, “System composite scores continue to move in the right direction, along with individual subject scores with the exception of the minimal decline seen in math. Our focus will remain on having high expectations and providing a rigorous curriculum for all students. It is important that we provide students with opportunities to reach their maximum potential.”

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of curriculum-based subject area tests including: Mathematics, English, Reading, and Science with an optional writing portion. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. The exam is scored on a scale from 0 to 36. An achievement test, the ACT measures what a student has learned and is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing. The ACT also has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

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